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Requirement/Benefit Definition Study leading to 4-D Meteorological Data Bases linked across Europe

Objective

The objective of the 4MIDABLE project is to specify the requirements for the meteorological aspects of operational prediction of future aircraft position in four dimensions. Both the short term prediction (20 minutes ahead) and the longer term (including air traffic flow management issues) will be addressed. In the former wind is the prime issue with effects of anti-icing as a secondary issue. In the latter fog and severe convective clouds (commonly, but not exclusively, cumulonimbus) are major considerations. In addition other hazardous meteorological phenomena have to be addressed. In a European context all these mechanisms for causing low level wind shear will be given comparable priority.

The project will therefore concentrate on better quantifying the state of the art of forecasting these various phenomena and evaluate the expected improvements, obtaining a better specification for the requirements for these forecasts, obtaining a specification of the sensors required to facilitate forecasts of the required accuracy, quantifying the effect of wind variability on 4-dimensional navigation, exploiting complementary characteristics of different sensors for improved cumulonimbus detection and nowcasting, defining new lines of action for RTD in this area.
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Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

METEORIGICAL OFFICE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
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London Road
RG12 2SZ Bracknell (Berkshire)
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

DIMENSIONS
France
Address
Avenue Victoire
13106 Rousset
Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA)
United Kingdom
Address

GU14 6TD Farnborough
METEO-FRANCE
France
Address
Avenue G. Coriolis 42
31057 Toulouse
Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales - ONERA
France
Address
29, Avenue De La Division Leclerc
2320 Chatillon
SEXTANT AVIONIQUE S.A.
France
Address
Aerodrome De Villacoublay
78141 Velizy-villacoublay
SOCI_T_ FRAN_AISE D'ETUDES ET DE R_ALISATIONS D'EQUIPEMENTS A_RONAUTIQUES SA
France
Address
Carrefour De Weiden 3
92441 Issy-les-moulineaux
THOMSON CSF A COMPANY ORGANIZED AND EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF FRANCE
France
Address
Esplanade Du General De Gaulle 51
92800 Puteaux